One of the best things about vacations — or weekends, for that matter — is the slower pace of normal activities. Take, for example, brunch. A far cry from a hectic morning meal or a quick lunch break, this leisurely weekend ritual involves delicious food, easy-drinking cocktails and plenty of time for good conversation. And, no matter what kind of brunch you’re craving, Vancouver has a range of options to suit your tastes. Here are some of our favourite brunches in Vancouver.
Organic, Local Ingredients
YEW restaurant + bar
Even though it’s (practically) breakfast, the brunch menu at YEW restaurant + bar is far cry from your typical morning fare. Start out with a fizzy “liquid indulgence” like a Bellini or Vaastu Shastra (think exotic juices and sparkling wine), and follow it up with a mouthwatering dish made with regional and organic ingredients. For an interesting mix between breakfast and lunch, go with the Brunch Pizza, which touts crème fraîche, bacon, caramelized onion, potatoes and rosemary.
Get a taste of Vancouver at West, where you can enjoy the weekend with a feast made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Order regional favourites like West French Toast, made with mascarpone stuffed brioche, or the Sawmill Bay scallops served with organic radishes and crispy pork belly. If you’re feeling especially festive, start the meal with a mid-day cocktail like the Bloody Caesar, a savory concoction of vodka, housemade Clamato juice and horseradish.
Upscale and Indulgent
Café Pacifica at Pan Pacific Vancouver
If your version of weekend brunch calls for live piano music, white tablecloths and gourmet ingredients, Café Pacifica’s Sunday Market Brunch is sure to please. Enjoy coastal views from the glass-walled dining room or rooftop terrace while indulging in fresh seafood, juicy carved roasts, omelettes, flavourful salads and tempting desserts. The internationally inspired buffet also includes Asian specialties such as wok dishes and dim sum.
Sure, scrambled eggs and toast are great, but with Vancouver’s abundance of fresh, local seafood, it only makes sense to take advantage of the goods. Start the weekend with brunch at C Restaurant, where shucked oysters, Dungeness crab benedict and spot prawn frittatas appear on the menu alongside morning staples.
You might expect a seafood-focused brunch at … surprise, a seafood restaurant, but The Sandbar still manages to impress with its extensive menu. Choose from dishes like seafood eggs benedict, crispy fried oysters, seared ahi tuna, salmon burgers, coconut red curry Blue Shell mussels and chilled seafood platters. The experience feels even more authentic on the waterfront patio, where you can look out at the Vancouver skyline and False Creek.
If pancakes have officially become passé in your book, it’s time to try brunch at Nu. Inspired by the history and culture of the Aegean Sea, this contemporary Mediterranean restaurant features a brunch menu packed with exotic items like charred octopus salad, eggs benedict with shaved lamb and smoked salmon tarama.
The Naam Restaurant
Whether you’re living meat-free or simply want something a bit healthier, stop by The Naam Restaurant for a menu filled with vegetarian options. Try one of the omelettes made with free-range eggs, or opt for the scrambled tofu, which comes loaded with vegetables. Instead of alcoholic morning drinks, take advantage of their wholesome beverages, such as the organic blueberry-soy shake or a special Naam herbal tea blend.
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